24 February 1724–
Coventry Parish Church, Somerset, Maryland, United States

The Life of Abigail

When Abigail was born on 24 February 1724, in Coventry Parish Church, Somerset, Maryland, United States, her father, Isaac Boston, Jr., was 29 and her mother, Rachel Tomlinson, was 21. She married Henry White on 11 May 1746, in Rehobeth, Somerset, Maryland, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter.

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Henry White
Marriage: 11 May 1746
Isaac White
John White
Sarah White

Spouse and Children

    Henry White



11 May 1746
Rehobeth, Somerset, Maryland, United States


    Isaac White


    John White


    Sarah White


Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (6)


Age 52

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 52

Maryland is the 7th state.
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 62

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

Biblical name, meaning ‘father of exaltation’ in Hebrew, borne by one of King David's wives, who had earlier been married to Nabal (1 Samuel 25:3), and by the mother of Absalom's captain Amasa (2 Samuel 1:25). The name first came into general use in Britain in the 16th century, under Puritan influence. It was a common name in literature for a lady's maid, for example in Beaumont and Fletcher's play The Scornful Lady ( 1616 ). The biblical Abigail refers to herself as ‘thy servant’ in addressing King David. In Ireland this name has traditionally been used as an Anglicized form of Gobnat , although the reasons for this are not clear. It was popular in the 17th century, especially among Puritans and Nonconformists, and has again enjoyed considerable favour since the 1990s.

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Abigail in entry for Sarah White, "Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995"
  • Abigall Boston, "Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995"
  • Abigail in entry for John White, "Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995"

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